Originally created 12/26/05

The week ahead



The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Friday at the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The program traces holiday customs in historical and religious perspectives. Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens and $2.50 for pupils. Children younger than 4 will not be admitted. Reservations are recommended. Call 641-3654.


Christmas in Hopelands will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. through Tuesday at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken. See more than 75,000 lights on this walk-through event that features self-guided tours of Rye Patch, the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and The Doll House. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies will be served nightly. The event is free, though donations are appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and all visitors should ride the shuttle from either the parking lot of the Goodwill Shopping Center, 1400 Whiskey Road, or from the former Winn-Dixie, 1048 York St. N.E. Call 642-7631.



A New Year's Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Bible Fellowship, 4083 S. Belair Road. A free supper, gospel music and Bible trivia will be among the attractions. For more information, call 651-1971.


The doll exhibition at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St., will continue through Friday. The exhibition features a collection of ethnic, porcelain and handmade dolls from collectors in the community. Admission costs $3 for adults and $1 for pupils. The museum's hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 724-3576 for more information.



The Morris Museum of Art will hold the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 1 10th St. There will be live performances, including drummer Not Gaddy, three art-making stations, including watercolor and scratch-board activities. Local celebrities will read books illustrated by Brian and Jerry Pinkney (former interim Mayor Willie Mays at noon and Jennie Montgomery at 2:30 p.m.). Admission to the event is included in regular museum admission price: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and military personnel and free for children 6 and younger. For more information, call 724-7501.



Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. and a candlelight communion service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 710 E. Cedar St. For more information, call 722-1031.


The Jerusalem Singers will perform at 8:30 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 2044 Lumpkin Road. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the concert, which is free. For more information, call 592-2069.


A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road, Aiken. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and the Charles Gatch Combo will perform. The cost is $150 per person or $300 for couples. Proceeds benefit the Aiken Opera Society's Wonderful World of Opera. For more information, call 215-6166.


Cafe Du Teau and IDRUM2U will host a New Year's Eve Celebration at 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 1855 Central Ave. Master chef Don Du Teau will prepare lamb and lobster as part of a five-course meal. The $55 cost covers bottles of champagne, party favors and door prizes. For reservations, call 733-3505.


Air Apparent will perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at thethe? Peppermill Restaurant, 4461 Washington Road, Evans. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 855-1344.


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